Matt Tubbs scored twice as Crawley beat Walsall in their first game in a month.

Tubbs opened the scoring from the spot after home captain Andy Butler accidentally handled in the box.

The striker doubled his tally after the break when he headed in Billy Clarke's fine far-post cross from six yards.

Sam Mantom pulled one back for the Saddlers as he met Craig Westcarr's corner before Clarke was sent off when he received a second yellow card for time-wasting, but Crawley held on.

Crawley, who had not played since their 2-2 draw with Rotherham on 25 January, remain just two points clear of the relegation zone.

However the Sussex side have up to seven games in hand on some of the clubs at the bottom of the League One table.

Walsall, who are now without a victory in five games, sit five points off a play-off spot in seventh place.

Crawley Town boss John Gregory told BBC Sussex:

"We knew today was going to be a very tough game but I felt we got a good start which helped when we got the penalty.

"Walsall got back into the game and we had to hang on at the end but we showed an enormous amount of resilience to withstand the pressure in the last 20 minutes.

"You can always tell how much you are under pressure by what your goalkeeper has done and Paul Jones didn't much to do today.

"The longer the game went on the more comfortable I got."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Walsall

  • 01 O'Donnell
  • 02 Purkiss
  • 14 Benning
  • 08 Mantom
  • 12 Downing
  • 04 Butler
  • 29 Brandy (Hemmings - 86' )
  • 07 Chambers
  • 30 Ngoo (Sawyers - 61' )
  • 10 Westcarr
  • 09 Lalkovic Booked (Baxendale - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Featherstone
  • 11 Hemmings
  • 13 Lewis
  • 15 Chambers
  • 16 Baxendale
  • 24 Hewitt
  • 25 Sawyers

Crawley Town

  • 01 Jones
  • 04 Connolly Booked
  • 03 Sadler
  • 11 Simpson
  • 05 McFadzean Booked
  • 12 Walsh
  • 28 Dicker (Bulman - 62' )
  • 10 Drury
  • 18 Tubbs (Proctor - 90' )
  • 07 Clarke Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 21 Jones

Substitutes

  • 09 Fallon
  • 14 Proctor
  • 15 Bulman
  • 16 Kaikai
  • 17 Boateng
  • 29 Connolly
  • 32 Atkins
Ref: Kevin Wright
Att: 3,904

Match Stats

Shots

7 6

On target

1 3

Corners

9 2

Fouls

11 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Walsall 1, Crawley Town 2.

90:00 +5:36 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Crawley Town 2.

90:00 +2:14

Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).

90:00 +2:14

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:51

Ashley Hemmings (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:51

Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).

89:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Jamie Proctor replaces Matt Tubbs.

88:02

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Matthew Sadler.

87:49

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

87:38

Attempt blocked. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

85:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. Ashley Hemmings replaces Febian Brandy.

81:57

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Matthew Sadler.

79:28 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Billy Clarke (Crawley Town).

77:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. James Baxendale replaces Milan Lalkovic.

76:13

Sam Mantom (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:13

Foul by Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town).

75:31

Andrew Butler (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:31

Foul by Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town).

73:03 Booking

Booking Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

70:05 Booking

Booking Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

70:00

Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:00

Foul by Billy Clarke (Crawley Town).

69:08

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Dannie Bulman.

64:55

Foul by Febian Brandy (Walsall).

64:55

Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Walsall 1, Crawley Town 2. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Craig Westcarr with a cross following a corner.

62:22

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

61:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Dannie Bulman replaces Gary Dicker.

60:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. Romaine Sawyers replaces Michael Ngoo.

60:17

Foul by Michael Ngoo (Walsall).

60:17

Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:32

Michael Jones (Crawley Town) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

57:33

Attempt missed. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

53:17

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Malvind Benning.

50:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Walsall 0, Crawley Town 2. Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Billy Clarke with a cross.

48:39

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

47:56

Foul by Michael Ngoo (Walsall).

47:56

(Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:38

Attempt missed. Michael Ngoo (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

45:00

Second Half begins Walsall 0, Crawley Town 1.

45:00 +3:13 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Walsall 0, Crawley Town 1.

45:00 +2:12

Attempt missed. Malvind Benning (Walsall) left footed shot from long range on the left is high and wide to the left.

45:00 +0:48

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

41:35

Attempt missed. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

39:46

Andrew Butler (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

39:46

Foul by Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town).

38:52

Febian Brandy (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

38:52

Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).

36:29 Booking

Booking Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

36:08

Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:08

Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).

34:52

Attempt missed. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

30:31

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

29:08

Foul by Michael Jones (Crawley Town).

29:08

Craig Westcarr (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:40

Foul by Joe Walsh (Crawley Town).

26:40

Michael Ngoo (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:39

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:39

Foul by Michael Ngoo (Walsall).

25:08

Foul by Andy Drury (Crawley Town).

25:08

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:46

Attempt missed. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

22:08

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town).

22:08

Andrew Butler (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:23

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

20:10

Hand ball by Andy Drury (Crawley Town).

19:29

Attempt missed. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

18:38 Booking

Booking Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

18:18

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town).

18:18

Michael Ngoo (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:04

Attempt saved. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

16:23

Josh Simpson (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

16:23

Foul by Malvind Benning (Walsall).

15:26

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

15:25

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

11:01

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town).

11:01

Michael Ngoo (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:19

Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:19

Foul by Michael Ngoo (Walsall).

9:40

Foul by Josh Simpson (Crawley Town).

9:40

Malvind Benning (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

9:18

Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

9:18

Foul by Malvind Benning (Walsall).

5:02

Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:02

Foul by Michael Ngoo (Walsall).

3:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Walsall 0, Crawley Town 1. Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

3:11

Penalty conceded by Andrew Butler (Walsall) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

2:24

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Milan Lalkovic.

0:31

Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:31

Foul by Michael Ngoo (Walsall).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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